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Good times for Golden Knights

Former St. Francis High standouts making news at collegiate level.

October 11, 2011|By Grant Gordon,

The following are updates on area athletes at the collegiate level.

Rian Younker (St. Francis High, 2009) Cal Lutheran football junior: With another impressive showing from Younker on the defensive line, Cal Lutheran turned in another impressive Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory.

The former All-Mission League, All-Area and All-CIF honoree had 4.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks, both team-bests, as Cal Lu throttled Whittier, 56-0, on Saturday at home.


Younker had six tackles in all, as the Kingsmen won their 16th consecutive SCIAC game.

Another pair of former Golden Knights also got starts for the Kingsmen (3-1, 2-0 in SCIAC) in the victory. John Schachtner, the team's starting center, aided an offense that scored on seven of its first nine drives, allowed just one sack and gained just under 700 total yards of offense. Chris Cabrera, a starting linebacker, had three tackles in the shutout defensive performance, including one for a loss.

On the year, Cabrera has 17 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks.

Younker leads the team with four sacks and six tackles for a loss. He has 19 tackles all together.

Cal Lu returns to the gridiron Saturday at La Verne.

Ian Sternau (St. Francis High, 2011) Simon Frasier football freshman: Sternau was a part of history, as Simon Fraser won its first-ever Great Northwest Athletic Conference game with a thrilling 62-56 triple-overtime win over Dixie State College.

Sternau played a pivotal role, sending the game into overtime with a 23-yard, game-tying field goal with nine seconds to play in regulation.

Sternau had a big day all around with 12 points scored, as he was two for three on field-goal attempts and six-for-six with point-after attempts. He also had three punts for a 41.7 average per kick and put one inside the 20 and had eight kickoffs with one touchback.

Sternau has been solid for the Clan (2-4, 1-4 in GNAC), making good on four of five field-goal attempts and all 15 of his PATs. Punting-wise, he's averaging 38.6 yards per kick, with five falling inside the 20 and five of 50 yards or more.

Next up for the Clan is another GNAC scrap against Western Oregon on the road Saturday.

Luke Collis (St. Francis High, 2007) Occidental football senior: With their running game ineffective, the Tigers threw and threw on Saturday night, leading to a big night for Collis, but a loss nonetheless, as La Verne defeated Occidental, 30-21, at home.

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